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These interviews with more than 30 wrestling performers, conducted between 1992 and 1997, offer firsthand accounts stretching as far back as the 1930s and provide a glimpse into the lives of grapplers and those involved in the industry today. The personalities and their stories are wide-ranging-from announcer Jim Ross and his first job in wrestling doing play-by-play commentary with a blind color announcer to wrestler Sherri Martel and the politics that arose from being a woman performer in the business. In addition to these compelling stories, legends such as Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair, and Terry Funk explain their origins and how they broke into wrestling, naming promoters they liked and those they didn't. Other interviews include current stars Triple H, Kevin Nash, and Chris Benoit; retired veteran stars Bruno Sammartino and Killer Kowalski; and women wrestlers and personalities Fabulous Moolah and Missy Hyatt. This book provides an inside look at what goes on in the back rooms and insight into the politics that decided who would be champ or who would lose their contracts.

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